Three Shows

I really love Houston's theater district. With a little creativity, I've seen 3 shows this month for a total of $37. Impressive, right? Take advantage of our city's amazing offerings!

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The Hobby Center's production of A Chorus Line was a lot of fun. My friend and I got student rush tickets for $15! It reminded me of auditioning for big parts in ballet performances in high school. It wasn't nearly as stressful as these kids, though. :) I think Broadway Across America does a good job bringing NYC shows around the country.

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The Houston Symphony's "Planets in HD" was spectacular. We asked my parents for tix to this show for Christmas (theater tickets are always on on holiday wish list!). The performance opened with music from Stravinsky and Dutilleux, two works contemplating the ethereal nature of the universe. For Holst's Planet Suite in the second half, the Symphony partnered with NASA and British filmmaker Duncan Cobb (who also holds a doctorate in geology and spent 3 years mapping Venus) to create an HD slideshow of space images from the last 35 years. Then the Symphony live scored it. For example, they played "Jupiter: Bringer of Jollity" while stunning images of Jupiter passed by on the screen. The whole thing was quite breathtaking.

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And for "Cheap Thrills" - the Alley Theater offers $21 tickets on Sunday and Tuesday evenings - we saw Gregory Boyd's new musical production Wonderland. Boyd is the long time director at the Alley, wrote the Wonderland book, conceived the show, then produced it. It's a re-imagining of Carroll's tale, featuring a grown-up author Alice overcome by the demands of her life (mother, wife, author, friend, etc.). She dreams her daughter is missing and follows clues down the rabbit hole to find her. Her husband appears in the form of the White Knight (with a hilarious back-up boy band) and for a moment I feared he would rescue Alice, but Alice rescues herself as she rediscovers her passion for life, family, and work. As Eric put it, she goes from being a second-wave to a third-wave feminist, which is much more balanced. :)

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